LTSLEEP(9)             NetBSD Kernel Developer's Manual             LTSLEEP(9)

NAME
     ltsleep, tsleep, wakeup -- process context sleep and wakeup

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/proc.h>

     int
     tsleep(wchan_t ident, pri_t priority, const char *wmesg, int timo);

     void
     wakeup(wchan_t ident);

DESCRIPTION
     The interfaces described in this manual page are obsolete and will be
     removed from a future version of the system.

     The ltsleep() interface has been obsoleted and removed from the system.

     Please see the condvar(9), mutex(9), and rwlock(9) manual pages for
     information on kernel synchronisation primitives.

     These functions implement voluntary context switching.  tsleep() is used
     throughout the kernel whenever processing in the current context can not
     continue for any of the following reasons:

              The current process needs to await the results of a pending I/O
               operation.

              The current process needs resources (e.g., memory) which are
               temporarily unavailable.

              The current process wants access to data-structures which are
               locked by other processes.

     The function wakeup() is used to notify sleeping processes of possible
     changes to the condition that caused them to go to sleep.  Typically, an
     awakened process will -- after it has acquired a context again -- retry
     the action that blocked its operation to see if the ``blocking'' condi-
     tion has cleared.

     The tsleep() function takes the following arguments:

     ident     An identifier of the ``wait channel'' representing the resource
               for which the current process needs to wait.  This typically is
               the virtual address of some kernel data-structure related to
               the resource for which the process is contending.  The same
               identifier must be used in a call to wakeup() to get the
               process going again.  ident should not be NULL.

     priority  The process priority to be used when the process is awakened
               and put on the queue of runnable processes.  This mechanism is
               used to optimize ``throughput'' of processes executing in ker-
               nel mode.  If the flag PCATCH is OR'ed into priority the
               process checks for posted signals before and after sleeping.

     wmesg     A pointer to a character string indicating the reason a process
               is sleeping.  The kernel does not use the string, but makes it
               available (through the process structure field p_wmesg) for
               user level utilities such as ps(1).

     timo      If non-zero, the process will sleep for at most timo/hz sec-
               onds.  If this amount of time elapses and no wakeup(ident) has
               occurred, and no signal (if PCATCH was set) was posted,
               tsleep() will return EWOULDBLOCK.

     The wakeup() function will mark all processes which are currently sleep-
     ing on the identifier ident as runnable.  Eventually, each of the pro-
     cesses will resume execution in the kernel context, causing a return from
     tsleep().  Note that processes returning from sleep should always re-
     evaluate the conditions that blocked them, since a call to wakeup()
     merely signals a possible change to the blocking conditions.  For exam-
     ple, when two or more processes are waiting for an exclusive-access lock
     (see lock(9)), only one of them will succeed in acquiring the lock when
     it is released.  All others will have to go back to sleep and wait for
     the next opportunity.

RETURN VALUES
     tsleep() returns 0 if it returns as a result of a wakeup().  If a
     tsleep() returns as a result of a signal, the return value is ERESTART if
     the signal has the SA_RESTART property (see sigaction(2)), and EINTR oth-
     erwise.  If tsleep() returns because of a timeout it returns EWOULDBLOCK.

SEE ALSO
     sigaction(2), condvar(9), hz(9), lock(9), mutex(9), rwlock(9)

HISTORY
     The sleep/wakeup process synchronization mechanism is very old.  It
     appeared in a very early version of Unix.  tsleep() appeared in 4.4BSD.
     ltsleep() appeared in NetBSD 1.5.

NetBSD 6.0.1                   January 28, 2012                   NetBSD 6.0.1

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